3 Benefits of Gas Meter Scanning You Need to Know
Gas meter scanning is one of the quickest ways to digitize the process of gas meter reading. Now possible on all smartphones, it’s important to understand the massive benefits this can bring to your business. The digital transformation of your usage reporting brings opportunities to save both time and money while also creating further opportunity for customer engagement and enhanced service.
Find out why utility companies are choosing Anyline’s mobile optical character recognition (OCR) solutions to manage their gas meters. Our solution scans all kinds of utility meters from gas to water and even electricity, no matter whether they are dials, analog, or digital.
Mobile Gas Meter Scanning is Instant and Accurate
One of the biggest issues when it comes to gas meter reading is the accuracy of the data being read. Traditionally, homeowners or technicians take the reading manually, a process that is very open to mistakes. Stress, fatigue, and distraction can all cause inaccurate readings in this instance and is not a reliable process for data collection. In addition, handwritten reports can often be difficult for administrators to read leading to further issues!
Additionally, manual data reading of gas meters is extremely time-consuming. A technician must travel to the site to report the reading or in the case of homeowners, they must mail the report to their gas provider. Without mentioning the extreme delays in both of these cases, in a best-case scenario, the processes can take hours or even days to complete.
Anyline’s mobile scanning technology offers an accurate and instant solution that eliminates the hassle of manual data entry and improves the quality of the data collected. In laboratory settings, the accuracy of Anyline was found to be +99%. Better still, these accurate results are collected faster than ever before and can then be uploaded directly to your existing system’s database.
Digitizing your gas meter scanning processes offers man huge opportunities to save time and money. With instant scanning, you’ll no longer need to wait for technicians to report back from sites or for homeowners to post you their results. The improvements that you’ll make in your data quality are sure to help you optimize your gas supply processes and allow you to better allocate your workforce to more meaningful tasks.
In fact, improving the quality of your data collection processes could be one of the best ways for you to save money right now. Businesses and brands lose money every year because of poor data. One study suggests that poor data quality cost brands up to 6% of their revenue. A different study claimed that bad data was costing the US economy €3 trillion and that 84% of CEOs are doubtful of the data quality they receive and base decisions on.
You can avoid these pitfalls of data collection by replacing manual reading with mobile scanning.
Scan Gas Meters in Any Location
At Anyline, we know that you need a robust solution that you can take anywhere. That’s why we thought of everything you need to scan meters in all locations. And even in all conditions. Mobile gas meter scanning from Anyline works even when you don’t have an internet connection. All the scan data is processed on your device for the best results possible.
Our offline capabilities ensure that the data you capture remains away from any third party and cloud-based servers, giving you and your customers confidence when it comes to data privacy and security.
Once an offline scan has been performed, you can upload the scanned data directly to your database via a secure connection. With security measures in place, offline scanning is perfect for scanning meters in basements, factories, or anywhere else that doesn’t receive internet connectivity.
Anyline also removes the need for your staff to carry outdated and cost-inefficient dedicated devices. By equipping them with a modern smartphone instead, they’ll be able to take advantage of all the benefits that mobile devices offer such as mapping and communication.
And if that’s not enough, you’ll be happy to hear that Anyline even works in the dark thanks to the flashlight built into the smartphone. We know that meters can often be found in cellars and other poorly lit environments, a barrier that no longer stands in the way of your technicians and customers.
Scanning in all locations is a must-have feature for any utility company looking to adopt mobile scanning. Anyline mobile scanning empowers your staff to be mobile and responsive at all times, thanks to this advanced operability.
Scanning Gas Meters is Simple
While mobile gas meter scanning works everywhere and can save you time and money, the best feature of this technology might be just how simple it is to use. The procedure for scanning all meter types is exactly the same and requires minimal training or instruction. You point your device at your scan target, line up the reading inside the cut-out area on the screen and then Anyline does the rest. Literally, that’s it.
If you have a customer-facing app or website, there’s no better way to save time and money than to have them submit their gas meter readings themselves. Along with a short intro tutorial, they should be able to start scanning their gas meters on a regular basis.
Not only will this reduce the need to visit each of your customers to read their meters, but it also improves the overall customer experience. Homeowners will no longer need to schedule time away from work to welcome your technicians. Instead, everything is taken care of in a few short minutes.
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